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I was wary of these given the price, but in an eceonomy as bad as this, hey it was worth a shot. I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by how good they are. Sitting somewhere between a Converse AllStar and a proper walking boot, I have found them comfortable and very sure footed. The canvas upper is not waterproof, so no heavy duty walking should be attempted, unless you like wet socks. However if you know that where you are going is likely to be dry, they are excellent. I have worn them all day with no ill effects and the soles are sturdy and look like they should be good for quite a few miles. Now if only they were waterproof it would be 5 stars.
Though I take an 8 it felt a little tight across the width of the foot so an 8.5 would probably be perfect. A size larger and yes the room would be good but guess may then be too loose. Anyway, really pleased so bought the waterproof pair. Again snug but should stretch. Oh, OK for thin socks thicker ones and you will need to go above your usual size.
First bought a pair of these back in about 88/89 and they were more expensive then than today not including inflation, so a great price. Nice quality and very comfortable, feels more like a trainer. Great boots, highly recommended.